Author Archives: Marc Selinger

A U.S. Air Force T-38 training jet. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Base Halts Flying After T-38 Crash

Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas has suspended flight operations through the Thanksgiving weekend following the fatal crash of one of its T-38 Talon trainer jets. The pause will allow the base to scrutinize its operations, the Air Force said. Flying is expected to resume Nov. 27. The Nov. 21 announcement came a day after […]

Senate Unveils $651 Billion FY 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) on Nov. 21 unveiled a nearly $651 billion fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill that adds $15.4 billion to the Trump administration’s budget request to boost such areas as aircraft procurement, missile defense, readiness and shipbuilding. The release of the chairman’s mark paves the way for negotiations with the House, which […]

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and defense subcommittee

Senate Unveils $651 Billion FY 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) on Nov. 21 unveiled a nearly $651 billion fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill that adds $15.4 billion to the Trump administration’s budget request to boost such areas as aircraft procurement, missile defense, readiness and shipbuilding. The release of the chairman’s mark paves the way for negotiations with the House, which […]

A Delta 2 rocket lifts off with the JPSS-1 satellite. (Credit: NASA)

NASA, NOAA Launch JPSS-1 Weather Satellite On ULA Rocket

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have launched the first of four Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) satellites, which are designed to provide more accurate weather forecasts than existing polar-orbiting satellites. JPSS-1 lifted off on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:47 […]

Air Force F-22 Operates In Afghanistan For First Time

The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor dropped 250-pound Small Diameter Bombs on a Taliban opium processing plant in northern Helmand province Nov. 19, marking the first time the Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built fighter jet has operated in Afghanistan, NATO announced Nov. 20. The F-22 was chosen to hit the drug lab due to its ability to […]

Gen. James "Mike" Holmes, head of the Air Force's Air Combat Command, speaks at an Air Force Association event. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Combat Command Eyes Organizational Changes To Enhance Multi-Domain Operations

The U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ACC) is studying potential organizational changes to improve its ability to operate seamlessly across multiple domains, ACC’s leader said Nov. 20. The review is looking at how best to integrate ACC’s air superiority, attack, command and control, cyber and information warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, […]

Senate Panel Backs Bridenstine To Head NASA

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Nov. 8 narrowly approved Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be NASA administrator. By a party-line 14-13 vote, the panel sent Bridenstine’s nomination to the full Senate for its consideration. Before the committee vote, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the panel’s top Democrat, reiterated his opposition to having a […]

NASA Delays First SLS Launch By Over A Year

NASA has delayed the first flight of its Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket and Orion crew capsule by over a year, to December 2019, an agency official said Nov. 9. While a recent NASA review made the case for an even longer delay, to June 2020, “the agency has chosen to manage to a […]

SNC’s Dream Chaser Spaceplane Flies, Lands In Key Test

The Dream Chaser reusable spaceplane, which Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) is developing to carry cargo to the International Space Station, successfully completed a free-flight test for the first time in California, the company said Nov. 13. During the Nov. 11 test, a Columbia Helicopters Model 234-UT Chinook helicopter lifted the unmanned Dream Chaser with a 200-foot-long cable and released the […]

Orbital ATK Tests Motor Case For New Rocket

Orbital ATK [OA], which is developing a new space launch vehicle to compete for U.S. Air Force business, announced Nov. 7 that the rocket’s first motor case has passed a key test. The structural acceptance test, which occurred Oct. 27 in Promontory, Utah, showed that the 12-foot-diameter motor case could withstand the internal pressure it would […]